Definition of Heterometabolous
1. Adjective. (of an insect) undergoing incomplete metamorphosis in which the nymph is essentially like the adult and there is no pupal stage.
Similar to: Metamorphic
Derivative terms: Heterometabolism, Heterometaboly
Medical Definition of Heterometabolous
1. Pertaining to a member of the Heterometabola, a superorder sometimes used for a series of insect orders in which incomplete metamorphosis is found. Origin: hetero-+ G. Metabole, change (05 Mar 2000)
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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heterometabolous
Literary usage of Heterometabolous
Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:
1. General Zoology by Arthur Sperry Pearse (1917)
"The termites, or white ants, have four leathery wings or are wingless, possess biting mouth parts, and are heterometabolous. They are most abundant in ..."
2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1898)
"... France, shows that this was the age of the lower more generalized or heterometabolous insects, such as cockroaches and other Or- ..."
3. The American Naturalist by American Society of Naturalists, Essex Institute (1898)
"mentry, France, shows that this was the age of the lower, more generalized, or heterometabolous insects, such as cockroaches, and other Orthoptera, ..."
4. College zoology by Robert William Hegner (1918)
"The heterometabolous insects hatch from the egg and develop into adults without passing through a true pupal period. In the grasshopper, for example (Fig. ..."
5. Journal of the New York Entomological Society by New York Entomological Society (1905)
"... their early development, taking place soon after the evagination of the wing begins, is similar to what occurs in the wings of heterometabolous nymphs. ..."
6. Entomological News and Proceedings of the Entomological Section of the by Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia Entomological Section (1908)
"Here as in the heterometabolous forms the wing rudiment is 'not sharply marked off from the body hypo- ..."
7. Human Parasitology: With Notes on Bacteriology, Mycology, Laboratory by Damaso de Rivas (1920)
"Here the metamorphosis is direct or incomplete. In heterometabolous insects there is no distinction between larva and pupa, and the name nymph is ..."